Seasoned racers know that convenience plays a major role in the race experience, especially when it’s your first major race. There is enough anxiety with race performance without having to worry about how to get to the Start Line. For all the racers participating in the Scenic City Half and 5K, it was comforting to have an easy, clean-cut way to get there without adding to the pre-race jitters. As Monica explains, “The morning of the race, the starting line was a short walk from the hotel with no need to take a car or shuttle. The vibe was pretty relaxed before the event without booming music or corrals which can add excitement but also anxiety for a new runner.  I thought it was neat that we started and ended in a stadium too where everyone could gather on the field. The course was beautiful without a bunch of hills. The scenery kept changing too, so there was always something interesting to see from the river, to businesses, to neighborhoods, etc. All around a great experience I would love to repeat.”

When racers want to repeat the same event, that means the race director is doing something right! To check out the Scenic City Half and 5K for yourself, visit Join Monica and other members and discover why exploring communities on cMEcompete is a great way to maximize your fitness experience.  For Monica, “it’s fun and social. I can connect with others who have the same interests.  It’s easy to see all the events that are posted and people can sign up for events all over the city and check out new places. cMEcompete is a path to discovering new people, places, and activities. Earning prizes is also a cool bonus!”

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